Studying French-Origin Middle English Lexis Using the Bilingual Thesaurus of Medieval England: A Comparison of the Vocabulary of Two Occupational Domains

Sylvester, L.M. and Marcus, I. 2017. Studying French-Origin Middle English Lexis Using the Bilingual Thesaurus of Medieval England: A Comparison of the Vocabulary of Two Occupational Domains. in: Delesse, C. and Louviot, E. (ed.) Studies in Language Variation and Change 2: Shifting, Switching and Alternating Patterns in the History of English Newcastle upon Tyne Cambridge Scholars Publishing. pp. 217-228

Chapter titleStudying French-Origin Middle English Lexis Using the Bilingual Thesaurus of Medieval England: A Comparison of the Vocabulary of Two Occupational Domains
AuthorsSylvester, L.M. and Marcus, I.
EditorsDelesse, C. and Louviot, E.
Abstract

This paper investigates how far it is possible to assess the degree of penetration of French-origin lexis into Middle English by means of the structures and data of the Bilingual Thesaurus of Medieval England. It begins with an outline of the aim and scope of the project, describing some of the methodological decisions behind the creation of the Bilingual Thesaurus, such as the use of the Middle English Dictionary and the Anglo Norman Dictionary as sources. Some provisional findings relating to Middle English words of French-origin in the semantic domains of Manufacture, in particular the sub-domains of Metal-working and Woodworking, and Travel by Water are then presented.

Book titleStudies in Language Variation and Change 2: Shifting, Switching and Alternating Patterns in the History of English
Page range217-228
Year2017
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication dates
Published01 Nov 2017
Place of publicationNewcastle upon Tyne
ISBN9781527500303

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